Selecting Books For Your Bookclub?

f110f1015ef6f0839c1b0ab6fd4d1cafI have always loved this image I found on Pinterest some time ago. Two friends, who obviously love books, laughing and sharing a cup of tea. We all have someone we cherish that we would sit under a table with. I think of my dear friend, Margaret, who for almost 40 years we have been giving each other books. Whenever we talk by phone, she in Chevy Chase, MD and me in North Carolina, we never say goodbye without sharing what we are reading, and recommend to one another. We both look a lot younger than the ladies on the floor, but I dare say, until the end of our days, books will be one of the things that bless our friendship.

IF you belong to a bookclub, and I hope you do. (I belong to two) you will be making selections for your upcoming books. I have a great idea. Select Facing East, and let’s Skype on the day you meet to discuss the novel. I’d love to join you for a few minutes to say hi, answer your questions, and slip away leaving you to carry on. Don’t you think this is a great idea?

In both my bookclubs, we never read a book that a member has not read and can recommend. Why not order from Amazon the new novel; see if you think your bookclub will like it. Let me know about making a date to be with you. Cheers, everyone. Raising a glass of sweet tea to a fun summer of reading.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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17 Responses to Selecting Books For Your Bookclub?

  1. dino0726 says:

    Hi, Stepheny – This picture cracks me up. I love the idea of two older ladies having a little tent book party together. 🙂
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    • Hope you have a friend like mine who can sit on the floor with you if needed.

    • I hope like me, you played under a table with something thrown over the top to hideaway. There with a book or my dolls or whatever, imagination reigned. The picture of these ladies lets me know it is never too late to play with a dear friend. Hope you have one to invite over to sit on the floor and catch up.

  2. noelleg44 says:

    Wonderful, warm and funny picture, Stepheny. Believe it or not, I don’t belong to a book club. My two critique groups occupy my time, but I do do book reviews and when I crawl out from under my current pile to read, will review yours for my blog. Had a fantastic time in Chicago and will post about it soon.

    • I want to hear about your Chicago trip. Wish you could have read Facing East before your trip since it is partially set in the Chicago area. I look forward to your post about your trip. Thanks for thinking of reviewing the book. I know about the pile of books you speak of. Mine in teetering on the nightstand.

    • Even without a book club you have a friend who would drive over and sit under the table with you talking books anytime.

  3. pbmgarden says:

    What great fun. I’m going to keep this in mind.

  4. I bet your daughter would be happy to sit on the floor with you anytime…even under a table piled high with books.

  5. I have two sisters I share a love of books with. We’re always recommending to each other. And not my daughter and my oldest son and I share book recommendations too. And my daughter and I love to drink tea together. I love that picture too.

    • You know the verse, blessed are you among women referring to Mary. It was the first thing I thought of when I read your comment. To have sisters and your children to share the love of reading with. Pretty wonderful! The image is charming for many reasons and I am glad I could share it with you. I think you could drag it into your own photos. I found it on Pinterest. Happy reading! Thanks for leaving a comment.

  6. leesha0304 says:

    I’ve always loved that image too, makes me think of my best friend and me in the future 🙂

    • The image has so many layers for me starting with my childhood when playing under tables with a blanket thrown over top made for imaginative play I’m glad I had. And yes, you and your best friend will have this idea in your future. Thanks for commenting. Now back to playing for both of us.

  7. Romi says:

    Thank you for your visit to my blog.

    I love reading, but so far, I’ve never been a member of any book clubs. It would be a lot of fun to exchange ideas with the other members and learn from them.

    • I think you should start a small group of friends who would like to try out a bookclub experience. I bet there are others who read all the time who would love to join you. You can meet once a month. One of my groups meets every six weeks, but both groups always on the same day of the week and time. We pick a few books ahead of time and the lead changes around.We start with info on the author and then answer questions the leader asks. We usually read a paperback or e-book, which keeps the cost down.Be sure when you pick your books someone can offer their opinion on if it would make a good discussion. Food? As simple or expansive as your group votes to do. Only drinks and a nibble when people come a bit early always starting on time for the discussion! Meeting out some where over lunch or dinner in a place where you can hear one another. Or going whole hog and dressing in the period of subject of the book around a table eating food that makes sense for the book and the setting of the table. Let me know what happens if you approach fellow workers, friends, people from church or elsewhere. I have belonged to a group with men, but find the books chosen and discussion that follows definitely alters the experience. I think I prefer a group of women if I only have time for one group for that reason. Try it, you’ll like it.

  8. cleemckenzie says:

    Book clubs are wonderful because you read more widely. I love this image. I think I’ll steal it from you and use it again. Thanks so much for the very bookish and enjoyable post.

    • I want you to use and enjoy the image. I found it on Pinterest and dragged it into my iPhotos. It is wonderful on so many levels. Wish the two of us could sit on the floor and talk books. Let’s use our imaginations and pretend. See you under the table.

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